33rd Ward Ald. Dick Mell announced a new Streets and Sanitation Superintendent for the 33rd Ward yesterday through his email list. “I would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome our new young Ward Superintendent, Noel Valenzuela, who is taking the place of Pete Lebron who recently retired,” said Mell in the email message.
Mell also announced what we think is a first: A Facebook page for the Ward Superintendent. ”Noel will be posting pictures and reporting on various constituent concerns he is addressing on a daily basis and invites you make use of the page,” wrote Mell.
Probably the most important hire for a Chicago alderman, the Ward Superintendent is responsible for a small crew of Sanitation Department workers who act as the ward’s first line of defense against trees, garbage can replacement, snow removal, sewer clearing and a host of dirty jobs that keep streets clear and functioning. If not carried out efficiently, the ward superintendent’s lack of effectiveness is usually blamed on the alderman.